Non-Tuition-Based Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Academy


Early Childhood Academy is taught by a certified teacher with early childhood endorsements. This successful program provides our littlest learners strong literacy and math skills that will prepare them for their kindergarten experience.  Attending this preschool program will give your child the readiness skills to be successful for kindergarten. Enrollment is capped at 15 students per classroom.
Eligibility requirements for Early Childhood Academy include:

  • Must be four years old by August 31st of the school calendar year.
  • Must live within the boundaries of their desired school.
  • Must be toilet trained.


Available at three locations to support kindergarten readiness.

  • Eagle Ridge Elementary School: 19801 N 13th St, Phoenix, AZ 85024
  • Larkspur Elementary School: 2430 E Larkspur Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • Sunset Canyon Elementary School: 2727 E Siesta Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Serving Unique Needs (SUN) Special Education Preschool

SUN Kids Preschool provides special education services for 3- to 5-year-old students with special or unique needs and who are not yet eligible for kindergarten. All students must be screened prior to placement in the program. Screening appointments are available year-round. The SUN Kids program only accepts preschoolers from inside the district boundary and is not eligible for open enrollment.

Children with needs identified in the following areas may be eligible:

  • Communication
  • Cognitive
  • Motor Skills
  • Adaptive Behavior
  • Social/Emotional Skills

Preschool students who are developing at an expected rate are also accepted as peer models (Peer Pals) and pay tuition of $130 per month. Peer Pals must have the ability to be strong language and behavior models for our students with special or unique needs.

SUN Kids Preschool provides experiences to enhance learning in all developmental areas with an emphasis on meeting each student’s individual needs. Social-emotional readiness is an important indicator in future school and workplace success. This language-based program provides a foundation for support of future literacy skills. These foundations teach preschoolers the “ready-to-learn” skills necessary to acquire future academic concepts.

Half-day sessions (a.m. and p.m.) meet Monday through Thursday. For more information about SUN Kids Preschool or to schedule a screening appointment, please call (602) 449-2650. Learn more about SUN Kids Preschool.

Title I Preschool

Title I Preschool is a federally funded program that provides instruction for students who demonstrate educational need. This program is provided at no cost to students who qualify. Eligibility requirements for Title I Preschool include:

  • Must be four years old by August 31st of the school calendar year.
  • Must live within the boundaries of a Title I elementary school in Paradise Valley Unified School District.
  • Must be identified at risk of failing to meet the state’s challenging student performance standards (assessment is required).

Title I Preschool classes are taught by certified teachers. These full day classes meet Monday through Friday and follow the district’s academic calendar. Title I Preschools are located at the following elementary schools:

Site Program Duration Hours of Operation
Cactus View Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Campo Bello Elementary School Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Echo Mountain Primary Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Indian Bend Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Palomino Primary Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Interested families should contact the Title I Parent Liaison for enrollment information at (602) 449-2226.

Early Head Start and Head Start Preschool

Southwest Human Development offers free home visiting and classroom-based Early Head Start and Head Start programs designed for income-eligible families and their children, ages birth to 5 years old, who live in the PVSchools attendance area. These programs provide high-quality education, health, nutrition, social services, and parent engagement opportunities. Programs are also available for pregnant mothers and special services are provided for children with disabilities who qualify.

Southwest Human Development Early Head Start and Head Start programs are located on the following PVSchools campuses:

  • Campo Bello
  • Echo Mountain Primary
  • Palomino Primary

Part-day classroom options are available Monday through Friday at all sites. For families who are working or attending school, a full-day option is available for children at the Palomino Primary location only.

To begin the application process, contact Southwest Human Development at (602) 468-3431 or visit the Early Head Start and Head Start website for additional program information.

Paradise Valley Family Resource Center

PVFRC LogoParadise Valley Family Resource Center is funded by First Things First® and is designed to connect and strengthen families with students birth to five years old through education, resources, and referral information. Open to all Phoenix residents, free parenting classes are offered on a variety of topics. Students play and develop skills while parents learn about the importance of parenting.

For more information visit the Family Resource Center website or contact (602) 449-7411.